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Diamond Lake and Cliff Lake Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
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Diamond Lake and Cliff Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 623 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

fishing

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
bugs
over grown
6 months ago

Amazing hike. The views are absolutely mesmerizing. The trail was a little overgrown I. spits but nothing that couldn't be handled. A must if you ever are in the area.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

definitely an amazing trail and extremely easy! I absolutely loved the lake and the scenery. no complaints!! super short trail though, the length is misleading. I had to dip early due to a large gash from a rock but I wanted to stay all weekend! will def be back.

hiking
6 months ago

Went on 6/22-23. Very pretty. Day hiked to upper lake. Still fair amount of snow around the upper lake. Easy hike. Saw a decent sized marmot and some small bear tracks in the snow.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome easy hike! Gorgeous views the whole time

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Cliff Lake is one of my favorites. We hiked it, June 28. My son-in-law, my 1.5 years old and my 2.5 years old granddaughters, as well the other set of grandparents came along. No snow on the trail, but it was a little muddy. The 2-year old hiked it on her own, most the way.This is a must-do hike. A great family hike to a Glacier National Park-like lake and mountain.

hiking
7 months ago

Great beauty! Has been annual Father’s Day trip for many years. Sadly there are now signs directing to it off the freeway. This year was so overcrowded that we will be scouting a new hike for next year. We always take a bag to collect trash left by others and this year we filled it and could have probably filled a second. Sad to see happen to such a gem of a place.

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

June - Early Summer These lakes offer some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen with such easy access. Both looks are beautiful. For those that have been over in the Cabinet Mountains to places like Granite Lake, the upper lake reminded me a lot of that area. Hiking to the upper lake is fairly easy, not a lot of elevation gain, and you can do it in about an hour. It was very cold for end of June, 40s, and there was still a lot of snow around the upper lake. For those looking for ridge hikes, there are a lot of opportunities here. What truly makes this lake awesome though is it’s access. It only requires a little bit of mountain driving right off the interstate, and you can drive directly to the lower lake. There are a few campsites at the lower lake with a vault toilet, and what looked like one good campsite at the upper lake. All and all I would highly recommend this one.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Couldn't reach the trailhead. Too much snow on the approach road. Ford Escape didn't have snow tires so had to turn back around 3 miles from the trailhead

hiking
Wed Sep 05 2018

Easy short walk to Diamond lake and an easy hike up to Cliff lake with just a little bit of elevation gain. The trail is very nice with a couple bridges along the way. Cliff lake is amazing. The water is beautiful and the backdrop is stunning.

hiking
Sat Jul 14 2018

Nice hike with the kids and dogs. The road in will make your butt pucker if your afraid of heights. Narrow with drop offs. Go slow.

Mon Jul 02 2018

Road in is pretty good (adventure Prius did fine) and the lake is beautiful.

backpacking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Great hike, family friendly!

Fri Jun 08 2018

Love this hike, Right now there is still lots of snow once you pass Diamond lake. We missed the bridge and had to cross the creek through the water. Hahah. Still a favorite.

backpacking
Sun Oct 29 2017

My go-to spot for an easy adventure. The short hike to cliff lake is beautiful any time of year.

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

The smoke from the forest fires is starting to clear up, so I drove over to Montana to check out this trail. It is a bit of a drive off of paved road, to get here - about 10 miles of gravel road, albeit well-maintained gravel road. You get two lakes for the price of one, with this hike! The trailhead starts at Diamond Lake, which is a beautiful mountain lake. The trail to Cliff Lake has an upward incline all of the way, but nothing that should dissuade the average hiker. A sign on the trail said that the distance to Cliff lake is only one mile. My pedometer clocked closer to 1.5. Cliff Lake is worth the visit, even without Diamond Lake as frosting on the cake. Make sure to hike around to the opposite end of the lake, to the foot of the cliff. The alpine meadows on that side, are lovely!

hiking
Sat Sep 09 2017

I did this in August and while a lot of the trail was just so-so, Cliff Lake made it all worth it. Make sure you take the trail all the way to the wetland meadow at the far end.

Sat Jul 29 2017

Very steep and narrow at parts but worth the hike. Beautiful lake, lots of fish. Worst part was losing my companions on the trail because they kept stopping to eat huckleberries!

fishing
Mon Jul 24 2017

Fun hike, very scenic. I had to go with a 3 solely due to the accessibility of Cliff Lake for fishing purposes. If you're after a short hike it's great. Only 1 campsite, maybe 2. Steep and no flat spots. Which again, all good for just a fun hike or a day at the lake to swim. Float tube would be a good idea for fishing. Make sure to download the map because there's no road signs to the lake and a couple turns could mess you up.

Sun Jul 23 2017

Great place to check out, great for little kids as well. Road to the trailhead is a bit confusing, but at the first y intersection, stay to the left. Trail head also had facilities.

hiking
Sun Jul 16 2017

The snow is 100% gone, so get up there and enjoy a quick awesome hike. FYI, you don't hike at all to get to diamond. It sits against the parking lot. I was able to make it easily in my mazda sedan. Bring your bathing suit and pool toys.

backpacking
Tue Jun 06 2017

As of June 2nd the road is covered in snow fields about 5 miles away from the trailhead. Still some awesome views. Hopefully the trailhead is accessible by July.

hiking
Tue May 31 2016

Gorgeous views all the way up the trail to the lake and on the way down. This trail started off easy and towards the top became steeper. There was areas of snow, which added to the fun of the hike.

hiking
Tue Nov 29 2011

The trail starts out pretty easy, going up and down the valley, but after awhile it quickly starts to incline and is covered with a lot of overgrown underbrush and you can't really see where you're stepping, so watch out for holes in the trail! Once you start to incline you have a beautiful view of the valley below and you can see why there are warning signs for Black and Grizzly bears. There are Elder Berry bushes everywhere and we encountered several fresh bear tracks further up the trail. The trail continues to incline, but at least the underbrush is decreased by the introduction of the heavy forest. There are several crossings of beautiful creeks with foot bridges and wooden steps. Upon arrival at the first lake, we were astonished at the beauty of the alpine country. The lake was set in a "bowl", surrounded by tall mountains. There was snow on all sides of the hills and we were up there at the end of August. There are only a couple of campsites to spend the night at, but it was well worth the trip.

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